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Report: At least 14 Alaska cities have officers with records

Jul. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — At least 14 cities in Alaska have employed police officers whose criminal records should have prevented them from being hired under state law, the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica reported Saturday. The news organizations said they found more than 34 officers who should have...

1 killed, 4 injured when Alaska flight aborted on takeoff

Jul. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Maryland man visiting Alaska with his family was killed and one of his three children was critically injured Friday after their floatplane's takeoff was aborted. Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased man as Joseph Patenella, 57. No hometown was disclosed. The critically...

The Latest: Troopers identify man killed in Alaska plane

Jul. 19, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on fatal plane incident in Alaska (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Alaska authorities say a passenger killed when a floatplane's takeoff was aborted was a Maryland man. Troopers say 57-year-old Joseph Patenella died in the Friday incident at the mouth of Tutka Bay south of...

Alaska village will install new river power generator

Jul. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel. The village council in Igiugig is the first tribal entity...

Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress' tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women for a second straight month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Jul. 14, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon...

Alaska Native activist alleges assault by Wasilla mayor

Jul. 11, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native activist said Thursday that she was assaulted by the mayor of a small town as protesters took over a seating area intended for lawmakers during a contentious session of the Alaska Legislature that's gathering in two cities. Haliehana Stepetin filed a citizen's...

Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote...

The Latest: Alaska legislature could take up override again

Jul. 10, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature's attempt to override the governor's budget vetoes (all times local): 5 p.m. Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says the Alaska Legislature could take up a vote to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes again on Thursday. Edgmon spoke...

Alaska legislators brace for showdown over governor's vetoes

Jul. 9, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The message on the front page of Alaska's second-largest newspaper was unmistakable. A nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) headline, outlined in red, in Monday's edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner contained a single word: OVERRIDE. It appeared over a full-page editorial calling for...